Extension, as the end activity of the University, is the educational, cultural and scientific process that articulates, expands, develops and feeds teaching and research, fostering interdisciplinarity and enabling the transformative relationship between University and society. This contact, which aims at mutual development and establishes the exchange of knowledge, has as its consequences the production of knowledge resulting from the confrontation with national and regional realities, the democratization of academic knowledge and the effective participation of communities in the University’s activities

(General Standards for University Extension Activities – Resolution No 17/2015 – CEPE).

For PROPUR the main objectives of University Extension in the field of Urban and Regional Planning are: (i) strengthening ties and building links between the University and Society, with a view to better understanding the local, regional and national urban reality; (ii) compromising University and society in a dialogical relationship; (iii) bringing problems and empirical foundations to teaching and research themes.

Initiatives offered by extension practice should ensure a training process guided by social responsibility and dialogue between city knowledge; the recognition that the other (community, movements, and social actors) are not objects, but subjects with which to dialogue.

ANPUR (National Association of Graduation and Research in Urban and Regional Planning), a historically dedicated research forum, provides an important space for reflection and debate on extension practice. This fact expresses the recognition (and the effective practice) of the inseparability between teaching, research and extension.

The extension activities offered by PROPUR teachers can be consulted and accessed on their Lattes Curricula or on the websites of Laboratories and Research Groups.